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NASA's New Horizons captured this high-resolution enhanced color view of Charon just before closest approach on July 14, 2015. The image combines blue, red and infrared images taken by the spacecraft's Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (MVIC); the colors are processed to best highlight the variation of surface properties across Charon. Charon's color palette is not as diverse as Pluto's; most striking is the reddish north (top) polar region, informally named Mordor Macula. Charon is 754 miles (1,214 kilometers) across; this image resolves details as small as 1.8 miles (2.9 kilometers).

 

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/News-Article.php?page=20151001

 

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/pluto-s-big-moon-charon-reveals-a-colorful-and-violent-history

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Bluto pitches! 

 

The newest high-resolution images of Pluto from NASA’s New Horizons are both dazzling and mystifying, revealing a multitude of previously unseen topographic and compositional details. The image below -- showing an area near the line that separates day from night -- captures a vast rippling landscape of strange, aligned linear ridges

 

 

 

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this could very easily be nevada

srsly tho, these are breaktaking

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New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

 

“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado.

 

In a second significant finding, New Horizons has detected numerous small, exposed regions of water ice on Pluto. The discovery was made from data collected by the Ralph spectral composition mapper on New Horizons.

 

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https://www.nasa.gov/nh/nh-finds-blue-skies-and-water-ice-on-pluto

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This enhanced color mosaic combines some of the sharpest views of Pluto that NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft obtained during its July 14 flyby. The pictures are part of a sequence taken near New Horizons’ closest approach to Pluto, with resolutions of about 250-280 feet (77-85 meters) per pixel – revealing features smaller than half a city block on Pluto’s surface.

 

http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/Multimedia/Science-Photos/image.php?gallery_id=2&image_id=389

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That's just gorgeous. Historically gorgeous even. We're the first generation being able to have such a view on plutos surface.

 

Playing boards surfaise remix while enjoying the view...

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it looks like pluto has a liquid water ocean

 

 

For a frigid little space rock at the ass-end of the solar system, Pluto is full surprises. Ice volcanoes, hazy skies, vast plains of churning nitrogen, what’s next? Just maybe, a subsurface ocean.

 

What’s significant about the new study is that it finds evidence for a liquid water ocean today in the tectonic scarring seen on Pluto’s surface. Specifically, the absence of compressional tectonic features—which would form if the innermost layers of water had frozen into a dense form of ice known as ice II—suggests that Pluto may not be entirely solid. “The formation of ice II would cause Pluto to experience volume contraction and compressional tectonic features to form on the surface,” Hammond explained.

 

“Since the tectonic features on Pluto’s surface are all extensional and there is no obvious compressional features, it suggests that ice II has not formed and that therefore, Pluto’s subsurface ocean has likely survived to present day.”

 

If Hammond’s models turn out to be correct, they raise the exciting possibility that subsurface oceans are a common feature throughout the icy rocks littering the Kuiper Belt. Whether any of these exotic oceans could support life as we know it remains to be seen—but it’s all the more reason to keep sending space probes out there to explore.

 

http://gizmodo.com/it-looks-like-pluto-has-a-liquid-water-ocean-1782418191

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These are all amazing. What a strange planet(oid?). Here I always thought it was this boring grey icy rock thing. That terrain closeup makes for a wicked Facebook cover photo.

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20 hours ago, prdctvsm said:

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So I looked up where this came from: https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/b70wbb/brazil_x_pluto_23km_or_14_miles/

For some additional interesting info: somewhere in that thread they say the total surface area of Pluto is a little bit more than Russia's.

So now you know.

 

 

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I never realised that Uluru and Devils Marbles were Plutonians. Glorified nail clippings and dandruff. Does this make Australia the first country-continent-planet?

The Dreamtime Stories of the Devils Marbles

Yeah back in the day Pluto depictions tended to be art rather than actual pictures. I've been a Neptune stan since early childhood (it has always been the lock screen wallpaper on my iPhone actually).

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